Five Things to Know Before Heading to Mexico for Spring Break

Another Spring Break, another round of warnings from the State Department, your mom, and your agoraphobic friends: Don't go to Mexico.

Lo que sea. You're going anyway (blame our flowchart). And that's awesome.

Whether this is your first time to Rocky Point or you remember what it was like to camp on Sandy Beach, here's our best Mexico travel advice based on our trips there last year:

5. Take a passport. But don't stress if you lose it. They'll still let you back into the United States at the border as long as you can prove you're a citizen or legal resident. 

4. Don't try to take drugs or guns into Mexico. U.S. authorities often search cars going into Mexico, and not just out of it. Once south of the border, possession of even a single bullet could mean prison time under Mexican law. 

3. For the drive between the border and Rocky Point, consider grouping several vehicles into a caravan for safety. Dial "066" in Mexico for emergencies instead of 911. 

2. Watch carefully for stop signs and other traffic alerts in Rocky Point -- they're especially hard to see at night. If stopped by police, don't be surprised if the cop asks you to follow him to the police station to pay the fine -- that's what they're supposed to do. 

1. Violent crimes are relatively rare in Rocky Point -- but drunk driving by tourists is common. Be cautious on the roads and remember that you're far more likely to get hurt on one of the many rented ATVs than by a cartel hit man.

If you want to know everything we know, read our story about tourism in Rocky Point from last spring, which can be found here.

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